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Before the last episode airs I just want to do some retrospection. Back in March when the first Yuri on Ice trailer aired and we knew nothing but the names of Yuuri, Victor, and Yuri, I was already over the moon. I finally had a figure skating anime, one with good animation and beautiful choreography. I was still worried of course, that they would make amateur mistakes about the figure skating world or the points system (I was fully prepared to write essays about GOE). But I was hopeful.

The first episode finally aired after months of waiting. I thought Victuuri was too over the top at first, but willing to forgive that for the good writing and relatable characters. Onsen on Ice seemed silly but it’s an anime, right? The choreography was good, the music was good, the animation was decent. All of my expectations were already met and I was delighted.

Then we started to see more of the skating world—the little things like skating club friendships, the small circle of competitive figure skating where everyone knows each other from being in the same events and banquets and hotels. The highs and lows that happen when you’re on the ice for long minutes by yourself with all of the stress in the world on you. The slowly development of Victor and Yuuri’s relationship from comic relief to something deeper and timeless. The involvement of world-renown skaters, from Evgenia Medvedeva’s cosplaying to Nobunari Oda and Stéphane Lambiel’s cameos. Watching Yuri on Ice making fans discover, or rediscover, a love of skating. In a few short months, it’s become something much larger than just a simple anime about figure skating.

Whatever comes after this, it’s been an amazing journey with Kubo-sensei, the Yuri on Ice team, and everyone else.

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First Oda Nobunari and now Stephane Lambiel lending their voices to Yuri on Ice! This makes me intensely happy. I hope they throw a shout-out in to Evgenia Medvedeva at some point too, because she’s more or less responsible for the entire skating community watching YoI.

Anyway, I made a post on Tumblr a few weeks after the show started airing about Femininity, Men’s Skating, and Yuri on Ice, if you're interested in my thoughts on yoi the history of toxic masculinity and veiled homophobia in figure skating and why Yuri on Ice’s promotion of femininity in men’s skating should be applauded.

Also, ICYMI, Johnny Weir gave an in-depth interview with The Geekiary about how he felt watching Yuri on Ice.
adevyish: Icon of Okita blowing bubblegum (fuusen gum)
There’s a crystalline beauty in stumbling across a fic which you like, and then you look up the writer’s œuvre and realize you’d read a fic by them ages ago on a different site in a completely different fandom and era. Like wandering among uni grounds in the beginning of the year and running into an old friend.

I’m having one of those weeks (months) where I can’t really breathe or move very much, and have compensated for it by diving much too deep into a fandom. So I’ve been reading a lot of KHR fic, and only just remembered that KHR was during LJ era so I actually have to look for rec lists and can’t just wade through AO3 and FFN. Both of which I already did, if you want to know how dire my straits are.

Anyway, Yuri on Ice! I’m incredibly excited for this anime. For one, it looks like they’re actually going to be semi-accurate to RL figure skating. I’ve read enough figure skating manga over the years to despair about this, multiple times. Secondly, the artistry shown in the 1st teaser alone—Viktor’s melancholy look up, hair flowing, hand moving in despair—wow. The sound of the ice scratching as a skater comes to a stop took me straight to the rink-side watching someone skate. Also Suwabe Junichi is voicing the artistic brooding Russian skater Viktor and ToyoToshi is voicing the go-getter main character Yuuri, so I’d probably have watched this regardless of the fact it’s all of my anime dreams come true at once.

(Fingers extremely crossed they don’t screw up the figure skating details because I have been known to rant about GOE for days on end. I recently confirmed how deeply I am in this hole as I was at a figure skating event among hardcore fans, and was somehow the person providing scoring commentary. Aiyah.)


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